The objective of the Medical Billing/Coding program is to prepare students with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits required for an entry-level position as a billing and insurance specialist in either a physician's office or institutional setting, or as a patient referral specialist, coder, or medical receptionist. The curriculum will provide students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to submit medical claims for reimbursement, process bills, operate computerized billing systems, and gain a working knowledge of various insurance plans. Emphasis is placed on quality of coding for reimbursement and statistical reporting. Students may receive hands-on training through externships in acute care hospitals, physicians' offices and long-term care facilities. Employment opportunities may exist in healthcare facilities and physicians' offices. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a Lower Division Certificate. Graduates of the Medical Billing/Coding program will be able to evaluate medical records in order to appropriately assign ICD-9 and CPT codes related to medical diagnoses and procedures, submit insurance claims for reimbursement and evaluate rejected claims for resubmission. Graduates will be capable of using computerized billing programs, as well as completing the HCFA claim form. Graduates will have a working knowledge of various insurance plans including the associated regulations and guidelines in order to efficiently and accurately refer patients to various healthcare providers.
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